New York Fashion Week unveiled a covetable host of new trends this week, with a six-strong Australian designer contingent adding to the mix.
More and more Australian designers are being lured to show in New York Fashion Week, as they take a bite of the Big Apple that tastes like a prime opportunity for exposure to the lucrative US market.
This season, Rebecca Vallance and New-York based Australian designers TOME made their NYFW debut, while Zimmermann, Dion Lee and Sass + Bide and bridal/red carpet designer Steven Khalil all took at least their second turn at the Lincoln Centre.
Trends to emerge from the week were ranged from knits interpreted in a myriad different ways, to coats that either tied tightly around the waist and followed the figure or hung loose and cocooned in all the colours of the rainbow. Plaid was the print du jour and white remained a focal colour for the cool climate clotheshorse.
Hemlines look to be on the rise again. Sass & Bide and Tory Burch showed short lengths and bare legs, which was also a popular choice among show-goers.
Plunging necklines were the other way designers chose to bare some skin on their fall runways. Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg showed navel-grazing necklines on elegant gowns but compensated with floor-sweeping length.
Boy meets girl dressing
Already a big trend for the coming winter, mens fashion will continue to influence our wardrobes next winter. Suiting separates are oversized and well-tailored in muted tones of camel and grey.
The cinched-waisted suiting, the fit and flare skirt, the peplum, the elegance of it all – Oscar de la Renta’s skirt suit nailed it for me.
Whereas once black was the winter mainstay colour, white is hanging around as the other go-to staple. Sass & Bide showed some winter white, and Victoria Beckham and Calvin Klein did it beautifully.
Tommy Hilfiger’s Americana is always a staple of New York Fashion Week – interpreted this season with an outdoorsy bent full of lumberjack plaids and raw denim. Plaid continues to be a strong trend for winter, everywhere from casual to more formal looks.
From here, Fashion Weeks continue in London, then Milan and Paris. I’ll be following the shows and have updates soon.